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***NEW*** Leo Club Project of the Year Award

The MD Leo Committee is proud to launch the Leo Club Project of the Year Award and we hope we get swamped with entries!

Each year, Leo clubs will be invited to nominate their best community service project to be considered for judging as the best Alpha or Omega Leo club project of the year.

The winning clubs (one alpha, one Omega) will each receive a plaque and $500 prize money, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Lifesaver Foundation.

Entries for projects conducted in 2019 must be submitted by 28 February 2020 – they will then be judged and the winners announced at the MD Lions Convention in May.

For more details and an Entry Form, please see the Resources page.

Leo of the Year 2019

Congratulations to Leo Ruth Spence for winning the National Final of Leo of the Year at the MD201 Lions Convention in Geelong. A member of CQ Leo Club in Rockhampton, Queensland (Q4). Ruth is also a Lion, a wife to Leo Kai and mum to baby Claire, so she certainly has a busy year ahead of her as the ambassador for the Leos of Australia.


The Public Speaking winner was Leo Nicholas Raphael from Crestbrook Leos (N3) who held the audience enthralled with his speech about his experiences as a volunteer fire fighter. The other State entrants – AJ Wright from Tasmania, Liam Hannah from Western Australia and Kieren Azzopardi from Victoria also demonstrated the great depth of talent and commitment of Leos across the country. Well done to all entrants.

Congratulations to all Leos who participated in the Leo of the Year program at Club, District, State and National level. We are very proud of you, and hope you benefited from the experience! 

It will soon be time to start preparing for the 2020 contest. See the Leo of the Year page for information and an Entry Form.

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2018 Leo of the Year results

Congratulations to 2018 Leo of the Year Matthew Boggon from Crestwood Leo Club in 201N5. Matthew is a 19 year old university student with a passion for serving his community.

Matthew was a co-founder of his Leo club in early 2017, and has led the club as its President through its first 12 months. Crestwood Leos have already established some great service initiatives including regular blood donations, environmental clean-ups, child sponsorship, as well as a variety of fund-raising events.

Matthew believes that motivation and passion for service are the keys to building a successful club, but always makes sure that fun is a part of every project the club does.

Congratulations also to the other national finalists who are all outstanding Leos making a real difference in their communities: Kody Jorgensen (QLD), Dakota Gallagher (TAS), Kieren Azzopardi (VIC) and Reegan Davis (WA). Leo Kieren Azzopardi was the winner of the Public Speaking Award.

2017 Australian Leo of the Year, Jesse Pascoe, has recently been honoured by Lions Clubs International as one of 40 Leos worldwide to receive an International Leo of the Year Award in recognition of his service and leadership over the previous 12 months.

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